If you live at one end of the country, it’s a long way anywhere, so to ease the transport to the start of the Snowdonia Way, I traveled up to Birmingham with my family, who were heading north to visit relatives. Overnighting in a really nice hotel I didn’t sleep too well though as I had seen the weather forecast. Lots of potential for lots very heavy snow it said, which at first glance sounds exciting, but I was worried about the reality and whether I’d be able to complete the high-routes stages (1A+1B) over Cadr Idris.
The walk to the train station was wet and really cold, making me wonder if I had sufficient gear, but as the train headed west, the weather seemed to improve and the forecast seemed to change every fifteen minutes so things looked up.
Arriving at Machynlellth at lunchtime, I bought a sandwich, then walked south to the official start of the route, then turned around heading north. I could just about peak snow on the top of a mountain to the north.
Pausing at the River Dovey(?) for a moment I decided to head over stage 1A to see how things panned out, knowing that I could always retreat if necessary.